The Necessity of Baptism:

Christ Himself ordered His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and to baptize those who accept the message of the Gospel. In His encounter with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), Christ made it    clear that baptism was necessary for salvation: "Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." For Catholics, the      sacrament is not a mere formality; it is the very mark of a Christian, because it brings us into new life in Christ.

Baptism of Desire:

That doesn't mean that only those who have been formally baptized can be saved. From very early on, the Church recognized that there are two other types of baptism besides the baptism of          water.

The baptism of desire applies both to those who, while wishing to be baptized, die before receiving the sacrament and "Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ    or His Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do His will as they know it through the dictates of conscience" (Constitution on the      Church, Second Vatican Council).

Baptisms should be scheduled with Father Matt. Parents who plan to have their child baptized are required to attend our Baptismal Preparation Class held the second Sunday of each month in the school office. This class should be attended for your first two children baptized at Holy Spirit.

You are strongly encouraged to attend this class before your child is born. The Baptism Information Forms (godparent or Christian witness and Baptismal Record forms are available to the right) must be returned to the Parish Office prior to the scheduled baptism. You may also pick these forms up at the Church office. Please call the Parish Office to register for the class.